Sunday, August 23, 2009

Movie Reviews. Yes, plural.

Yesterday we woke up to the dogs barking like maniacs and discovered cars pulling up and parking in front of our house, and then leaving, and then new cars parking, and then leaving, every few minutes. Our next door neighbors were throwing a garage sale. So, we did like any good neighbor would and brought over a handful of items designated for the Goodwill, to sell instead.

We made out like bandits, with a total of $31.50 for the day. Wooo! The thrill of selling at a garage sale. ;-)

There have been a few movies out recently that Jon and I have wanted to see. So, my parents agreed to babysit Logan last night so that we could go to dinner (we tried out a restaurant in downtown Campbell that was pretty good!) and then catch a showing of District 9. We decided on District 9 over the others, mostly because we'd been hearing so many great reviews, it's a Peter Jackson movie (whom we like), and we were afraid someone would spoil it before we got to see it!

So, we saw it. And, it just blew my mind. It was really good. Intensely good. The background story built up in the beginning is very detailed but so interesting! The main actor (who's never acted before and who apparently improvised a lot of the lines while filming) was brilliant! It's unusually emotional, and you're trying to figure out who to root for more, the Aliens or the human? It's also extremely violent but, as I wrote to a friend of ours last night, it covered so many topics like prejudices, racism, loyalty and acts of loyalty, love, family and fear of the's a movie for everyone. And everyone should see it! We can't wait for the prequel, or sequel (or please God, both!).

As we were walking out of the theatre, still talking about all the great themes and ground they covered in the movie, Jon saw a couple of guys sitting to the side waiting at the start of a line for another movie. It was late and we were curious what the movie was. We should have known, another movie we want to see, Inglourious Basterds!

So, what did we decide to do? We had a babysitter and could stay out late (and sleep in), so I took a place in line while Jon grabbed us another couple of tickets of course! :)

Inglourious Basterds was entertaining. It's also a violent and suspenseful movie (the opening scene keeps you gripping the edge of your seat!), but in the end (and mostly the end), we both felt like it was just another over-the-top overly indulgent Quentin Tarantino movie. Don't get me wrong, the soundtrack was awesome and the acting was top-notch. But, I guess we're just (finally?) getting a little tired of the Tarantino-esque movies. Can I say that? I think I just did.

We got home at a ridiculously late hour but it was so fun being able to cram two movies into one night and we actually stayed up a little longer talking about them both and reading reviews (which we had been avoiding 'til then) to see what others thought of the same movies. :) We passed out a bit later, but still woke up at dawn this morning because our bodies are conditioned to little Logan, I think.

Or else, we're officially old people now. :)

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